by Angie Kay Dilmore
Summer brings an abundance of flowers. We find them in well-manicured lawns, garden centers, floral shops, supermarket bouquets, fallow fields, and . . . skincare products? Many flowers and plants are desired for more than their sweet scent and aesthetic appeal. They’re used in the cosmetic industry in the form of botanicals.
Organic products are all about substituting synthetic chemicals with flower and plant extracts. In cultures around the world, flowers are used as natural remedies for a variety of ailments such as headaches, digestive problems, anxiety, and fatigue. They’re found in essential oils and used in foods. In skin care products, they’re valued for their gentle yet potent healing properties that address a host of skin concerns and beauty needs, as well as add color and fragrance. Floral extracts contain vitamins and antioxidants that help moisturize, cleanse and smooth skin, and fight early signs of aging and free radical damage.
To experience the skin care benefits of flowers, look for products formulated with floral essential oils or mix a few drops of flower oil into your favorite moisturizer.
Fruits and vegetables can also be beneficial in skincare products. Found in cleansers, moisturizers, masks, exfoliators, serums, and oils, they’re full of vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids that protect, replenish, and repair skin – without chemical synthetics. And they smell good! (Try Dr Botanicals Grapefruit & Watermelon Refreshing Cleanser)
If you think coffee is just for drinking, here’s a wakeup call – it’s also good for your skin! Compounds in bold coffee have the power to protect, enhance and smooth skin. Applied topically, it can also improve your circulation and provide a glowing complexion. (Try Dr Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator)
Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic application of seawater and sea plants to naturally rejuvenate, protect, and heal the skin. This traditional medicinal practice dates back to the Roman/Greek bathhouses.
For example, seaweed is beneficial to the skin as sea plants (and seawater) offer a nearly identical composition to blood serum. The application of marine ingredients to the skin clears toxins and promotes cellular regeneration by boosting dermal self-repair mechanisms. Seaweed is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamin C and essential minerals. When used in skincare products, it provides hydration, revitalization, collagen boosting, toning and even reduction of acne and wrinkles. (Try products by Ama Sea Beauty)
So, the next time you’re in the market for new beauty and skincare products, do your body a favor and ditch the chemicals. Look for products that are made by mother nature.